Entries for April 2013

Games Have Returned to MHSAA.tv

Games Have Returned to MHSAA.tv
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In this space next week, expect a full list of spring events broadcast on MHSAA.tv thanks to our student producers and the School Broadcast Program.  Click MHSAA.tv now to see what's been uploaded already, plus the rest from the season so far. 
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A Different Play for Football?

A Different Play for Football?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A national committee was convened last year to address seven-on-seven football. It recognized problems but could only wring its hands regarding solutions.
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Did You See That? (April 22-28)

Did You See That? (April 22-28)
Monday, April 29, 2013
The clouds finally began to break last week. And as expected, teams in every spring sport quickly got started catching up on what they'd had to put off most of this month.  Read on for some of the top headlines from all over the state, plus our favorite story ...
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Records Report: Bowen Among Best

Records Report: Bowen Among Best
Friday, April 26, 2013
Letitia Bowen led Buchanan to the top of Class C in 1990 with 31 points and 13 rebounds in a 42-34 MHSAA Final win over Detroit Country Day that gave the Bucks their first girls basketball title. This week's "Records Report" recalls the mid-1980s and just a month ago,...
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How Much is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much?
Friday, April 26, 2013
Many people also recognize that well-intentioned rules to curb excesses and abuses in school sports not only do that, but also tend to drive student-athletes to non-school coaches and programs.
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Eventually, the sun will shine ...

Eventually, the sun will shine ...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We all believe that, right? Rain – and snow for some – has been the buzzword of this spring sports season. Read on for some of the options teams have while trying to reschedule games, plus another way to look at our class setup for 2013-14 and an update on ...
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Classics return to MHSAA.tv

Classics return to MHSAA.tv
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Spring sports are off to a slow start. But we've got some of the best performances from the recent past to keep you locked in until the sun comes out.
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Championship Comments

Championship Comments
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
With maturity and humility uncharacteristic of athletes twice his age, our newest of 17 four-time wrestling champs said: “I definitely had some great practice partners who were beating me up.”
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Did You See That? (April 15-21)

Did You See That? (April 15-21)
Monday, April 22, 2013
A rough survey of Michigan newspapers over the last week found at least 13 reported on how this spring's rainy (snowy?) weather has affected spring high school sports. But a few more teams finally made it outside – although all-weather sports like soccer again d...
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Oakridge's Schugars Always To Be 'Coach'

Oakridge's Schugars Always To Be 'Coach'
Monday, April 22, 2013
Jack Schugars led five Muskegon Oakridge teams to MHSAA football championship games during his 32 seasons running the program. He finished his high school coaching career in 2010 with a record of 262-78.  And of course, he impacted hundreds of lives in a communi...
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Scandalous Schools

Scandalous Schools
Friday, April 19, 2013
“Standardized achievement tests are a vital tool, but treating test scores the way a corporation might treat sales targets is wrong. Students are not widgets."
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Records Report: Gussert Joins the Elite

Records Report: Gussert Joins the Elite
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Crystal Falls Forest Park junior Lexi Gussert has been one of the state’s most dangerous scorers over the last two seasons. It's a much-deserved reputation, considering the numbers she put up again this season. Gussert's name has been added to the MHSAA record bo...
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Shortsighted Reform

Shortsighted Reform
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Our posting of March 29 (“Hit Again”), about the mistakes being made in the guise of reforming education, struck a nerve with readers.   And since then, writers with wider audiences have offered similar commentaries, including DeWayne Wickham writ...
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Did You See That? (April 8-14)

Did You See That? (April 8-14)
Monday, April 15, 2013
Near-constant rain – and for our northern schools, plenty of snow – has stalled many teams during this spring season. But there still were plenty of notable performances as most schools returned last week from spring break and battled the elements to get ba...
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Innovation Obstacles

Innovation Obstacles
Friday, April 12, 2013
I suspect that those are also the three major obstacles we must overcome as we think about the future of interscholastic athletics.
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Valued Leaders Talk Sportsmanship

Valued Leaders Talk Sportsmanship
Friday, April 12, 2013
Anyone who has attended an MHSAA sporting event has undoubtedly heard the public address announcements touting sportsmanship. But are today’s student-athletes the willing pupils in the subject? Or are too many kids opting for elective courses in showmanship offere...
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Minter's Contributions Worth a Mint

Minter's Contributions Worth a Mint
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tom Minter admits his wife Linda knows the spiel well. She's been hearing it spun for years.  The recently-retired MHSAA assistant director might be chatting up a recent grad at his or her high school open house, or talking with a former athlete whose playing days...
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What Sport Looks Like

What Sport Looks Like
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This might cause us to consider more deeply what a high school sport should look like, or at least what an MHSAA tournament sport should stand for.
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MHSAA Finals One Click Away on Xfinity

MHSAA Finals One Click Away on Xfinity
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Single-event videos from winter MHSAA Championships in Individual Wrestling and Lower Peninsula Boys Swimming & Diving will become available soon on the MHSAA.tv website and for Comcast subscribers through Xfinity On Demand.
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Former MHSAA Coach Lands in NHL

Former MHSAA Coach Lands in NHL
Friday, April 5, 2013
This week in the year 2000, Jon Cooper had just finished his first season coaching at any level, having guided the Lansing Catholic hockey team to its first Regional championship in 25 seasons. Thirteen years later, he's running the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cooper's incred...
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